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Old 02-14-2004, 08:00 AM   #1
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[Q]The grant recipients of the Tides Foundation, to which Kerry’s wife has steered more than $4 billion in “charitable” funds, understand no such nuance.



Tides established the Iraq Peace Fund and the Peace Strategies Fund to fund the antiwar movement. These projects fueled such hysterical protest organizations as MoveOn.org, the website that recently featured two separate commercials portraying George W. Bush as Adolf Hitler. (Howard Dean, not Kerry, won MoveOn.org’s “virtual primary.”)



The antiwar movement often boasted that MoveOn.org and the radical website Indymedia provided them “alternate media coverage.” Indymedia, an enormous news and events bulletin board with local pages in most of the world’s major cities, provided a vital link for radical activists often with violent agendas to coordinate their protests. Indymedia received $376,000 from the Tides Foundation.



The Institute for Global Communications is another leftist communications facilitator that received Tides grant money. IGC, which during the 1990s was the leading provider of web technology to the radical Left, links to “recommended sites” such as the War Resisters League (a group whose purpose is enabling peaceniks to refuse to pay taxes) and the leftist American Friends Service Committee. Most disturbing is the link to Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center, which has supported Slobodan Milosevic and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Il. The IAC is the force behind International ANSWER, which sponsored the major antiwar (and anti-Bush) rallies before the invasion of Iraq. When ANSWER was outed as a Communist organization, United for Peace and Justice, headed by longtime Communist Party member Leslie Cagan was created as a "moderate" alternative. UFPJ is also a Tides grant recipient.The Tides-funded “A Better Way Project,” which opposed war in Iraq, also coordinated efforts of United for Peace and Justice and the Win Without War Coalition. The celebrity-laden Win Without War Coalition, along with the Bill Moyers-funded Florence and John Schumann Foundation, ran full-page ads in the New York Times opposing the War on Terrorism. This will not be the last overlapping of far-Left causes.



The Islamist Front


Immediately after 9/11, Tides formed a “9/11 Fund” to advocate a “peaceful national response” to the opening salvos of war. Part of the half-million dollars in grants the 9/11 Fund dispersed went to the New York Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project to protect the rights of homosexual Arabs. The Foundation replaced the 9/11 Fund with the “Democratic Justice Fund,” which was established with the aid of George Soros’ Open Society Institute. (Currency speculator and pro-drug advocate Soros is, like Teresa Heinz Kerry, a major contributor to Tides, having donated more than $7 million.) The Democratic Justice Fund seeks to ease restrictions on Muslim immigration to the United States, particularly from countries designated by the State Department as “terrorist nations.”



Tides has also given grant money to the Council for American Islamic Relations. Ostensibly a “Muslim civil rights group,” CAIR is in fact one of the leading anti-anti-terrorism organizations within the Wahhabi Lobby, with links to Hamas. CAIR regularly opposes and demonizes American efforts to fight terrorism, claiming, for instance, that Homeland Security measures are responsible for an undocumented surge in “hate crimes.”



CAIR officials have reason to fight Bush’s anti-terrorism measures: all too many CAIR officials are on the record supporting terrorism. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad openly stated in 1994, “I am a supporter of the Hamas movement.” Community Affairs Director Bassem K. Khafagi has been arrested for visa and bank fraud. Randall Royer, a Communications Specialist and Civil Rights Coordinator at CAIR, was arrested along with a group of Islamic radicals in Virginia for allegedly planning jihad. CAIR has defended terrorist “charities” shut down by the Bush administration. Every few months some CAIR campus official is arrested for aiding and abetting terrorism.



The Legal Matrix


The Tides Foundation has funded a number of the pillars of the radical legal establishment. Chief among these is the National Lawyers Guild, which began as a Commnist front organization and is proud of its lineage. At its recent convention last October, the concluding speaker was Lynne Stewart, an indicted terrorist NLG lawyer arrested for helping her client – convicted 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman – communicate with his terrorist cells in Egypt. In her speech, Stewart said she and her NLG comrades were carrying on a proud tradition of their forebears, past and present:

And modern heroes, dare I mention? Ho and Mao and Lenin, Fidel and Nelson Mandela and John Brown, Che Guevara who reminds us, “At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love.” Our quests like theirs are to shake the very foundations of the continents.

More recently, the NLG has endorsed the March 20 call to End Colonial Occupation from Iraq to Palestine & Everywhere” organized by International ANSWER, and has posted a petition for “Post-Conviction Relief” for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.



Tides’ Peace Strategies Fund has funneled money to the Center for Constitutional Rights. The CCR was stablished by Sixties radical William Kunstler, defender of the Chicago 8, and Arthur Kinoy. The two also had plans to establish a new Communist Party. Executive Director Ron Daniels has been honored by the Communist Party USA for his work. Daniels also has a long and cordial relationship with racist, anti-Semitic “poet laureate” Amiri Baraka. Since 9/11, CCR has channeled its efforts into fighting every effective Homeland Security measure. They have opposed increasing the government’s ability to wiretap Islamists suspected of plotting terrorism and moaned the sequestering of terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay was an unexcusable form of “racial profiling.” CCR President Michael Ratner has portrayed American soldiers as the offenders, guilty of 9/11 by their Middle East policy and guilty of keeping Islamist killers “shackled, hooded and sedated during the 25 hour flight from Afghanistan.” CCR has also defended Lynne Stewart’s “innocence” in aiding Sheikh Rahman’s Islamic Jihad.



Tides also funds the Alliance for Justice, a group dedicated to stopping Bush judicial appointees (a cause John Kerry can agree wholeheartedly endorse). Other Tides grants have gone to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the Asian Law Caucus.



Environmental Extremism


The Tides Foundation has funded the Ruckus Society, a group of anarchist Greens who rioted and looted Seattle during the 1999 World Trade Organization riots. The Tides Center of Western Pennsylvania, established in Pittsburgh with Heinz Family funds, advocates for environmentalist measures that have helped put holes in the Rust Belt’s economy.



Tides money has also squashed free speech. Thanks to complaints generated by the Tides-funded Environmental Working Group, ABC cancelled a John Stossel piece exposing the misleading nature of environmental advocacy in public elementary schools.



Greenpeace is a well-known Tides grant recipient. Greenpeace is best known for its illegal actions, endangering humans in order to make a point about the environment. Tides gave Greenpeace a quarter of a million dollars over ten years.



Lest one think only Tides’ money is going to radicals, not funds directly controlled by Teresa Heinz Kerry, remember that Heinz money has repeatedly found its way to the Earth Island Institute. On September 14, 2001, the Institute’s website bore the headline “U.S. Responds to Terrorist Attacks with Self-Righteous Arrogance.”



Heinz family philanthropic funds have also had some dubious effects on the presidential race. The League of Conservation Voters has recently endorsed John Kerry’s presidential campaign. The Heinz Family Foundation gave LCV at least $20,000 and donated almost $250,000 to a member of the LCV board.



Perhaps this circular rotation of cash and endorsements should not surprise anyone. The grant-making institutions of the Left and their feverish recipients ultimately form an amorphous, leftist entity. One never needs to search very far to find connections between a leftist foundation and extreme advocacy groups. Teresa Heinz Kerry, George Soros, Bill Moyers and the Ford Foundation fund the Tides Foundation/Center; Tides funds the National Lawyers Guild, CAIR, MoveOn.org and United for Peace and Justice; those organizations then unite in fluid coalitions to protest against their common political enemies (Republicans). [/Q]

This man will be cannon fodder for the dogs of political war. I am not posting this because I support it. I am posting it, because this stuff could be very damaging among the more centrist voters here in the US. It is going to be very easy to paint this candidate into a poor position. The democrats need to wake up. I may be wrong, but I have to believe that the Bush political machine is going to make something like this an issue.


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Perhaps we should scrutinize Bush's campaign funds to the same degree. I think we'd be more frightened.

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Perhaps we should scrutinize Bush's campaign funds to the same degree. I think we'd be more frightened.

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I agree.....I will be looking for info~!
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There's a glaring factual error right in the beginning; if the Foundation was started to fuel the movement against the war in Iraq, then it was several years too late to have started MoveOn.org, which was started in 1998 in response to the impeachment actions against President Clinton.
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Pax...it does not say they started moveon. It says they started two organizations to "fuel" moveonon. On other words....the two organizations were raising $$$ for moveon. Nowhere does it say they "started" moveon.
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If his wife is going to be scrutinized, then why not Neil Bush and his lovely array of Asian prostitutes? If the President's brother is irrelevant, why isn't Kerry's wife? You can't have it both ways.
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Still, MoveOn is actually a pretty mainstream organization. The author loses credibly by trying to establish a link between the Foundation and MoveOn, which, if I am not mistaken, is largely funded by the personal fortune of its founders and by member donations.
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If Moveon is mainstream...I am a liberal.
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If his wife is going to be scrutinized, then why not Neil Bush and his lovely array of Asian prostitutes? If the President's brother is irrelevant, why isn't Kerry's wife? You can't have it both ways.
Call me thick headed....but Sen. Kerry is running for president. If his wife is contributing money to organizations that are viewed to not be mainstream groups by average Americans....it is an issue. IE Senator Kerry voting for the war while his wife is sending money to groups opposed to it. It seems a bit different considering he is also using their economic well being to run for office...IE mortgaging their home to run for President.

So you are saying someones sex life is the equivalent of a married couple sending money to groups that are borderline extremist. Exactly how has someones Sex life the same thing as contributing money to groups that do not represent mainstream views.

You may view Moveon as mainstream...but....the article lists a variety of others..Ramsay Clark....defender of war criminals.
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I personally don't know if MoveOn really has a cohesive political philosophy. They were founded to oppose the impeachment of Clinton, and Gore has been making speeches for them. Hard core lefties *hate* Clinton and Gore because they are from the "moderate", DLC-dominated wing of the Democratic Party. Most of the people in the local peace group share these sentiments about Gore, Clinton *and* Kerry *and* Clark. They want Kucinich or bust, they won't vote for any of the other Democrats. If MoveOn were solidly in the leftie camp, they wouldn't have anything to do with Gore. The lefties think Gore deserved to lose in 2000, because the Gore/Lieberman ticket was the most conservative Democratic ticket in 50 years, and this is the main reason I do not believe Nader cost Gore the election. Nader voters wouldn't have voted for Gore. By the same token if MoveOn were solidly in the moderate/DLC branch of the party they wouldn't come out with some of the views they've come out with, i.e, comparing Bush with Hitler. So they strike me as a rather fickle, unfocused political group.
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Kerry's wife has a personal fortune from Heinz, does she not? Why is she not free to spend that fortune as she sees fit, and why should he have a say in how she spends it? Is it no possible that she is using her OWN (not his) family's wealth to promote an issue that she believes to be worthy and that he played no role in that decision? I don't understand why, if she, as an heiress and multi-millionaire, decides to spend her money in a particular way, he is immediately held responsible as well. Her money, her business, IMO.

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A lot of this kind of junk will come out because Bush supporters are starting to shit their pants over the current polls. Maybe if they spent a little less time on Mrs. Kerry and a little more on why the majority of the country finds the President untrustworthy, they wouldn't have to sling mud in order to make him feel better.

Personally, Kerry's wife funding anti-war protests pales in comparison to Bush's poor handling of the war, absolute lack of diplomacy and the ruining of global goodwill, not to mention the many questions about what information was presented, what was sexed up, etc. People died as a result of his decisions, I don't see that anyone died because Kerry's wife sent some of her personal money to leftist organizations. Where are our priorities?
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I am not looking forward to the fall.....I am afraid that if Edwards is not the nominee we will spiral into a dirty campain. But, maybe the dirt on Edwards is not necessary to put out there.....

Everyone has dirt.
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Not that I ever plan on it, but I wonder what 'dirt' they would find on me if I ever ran for office. When did politics become about dirt? I'm so sick of it and I know everyone does it, but it makes you wonder how much we could accomplish if politics became about the issues.
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"Most disturbing is the link to Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center, which has supported Slobodan Milosevic and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Il."

If this is true, it is disgusting. How could you fund an organization that sends funds to two of the biggest mass murderers in history?

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"Personally, Kerry's wife funding anti-war protests pales in comparison to Bush's poor handling of the war, absolute lack of diplomacy and the ruining of global goodwill, not to mention the many questions about what information was presented, what was sexed up, etc. People died as a result of his decisions, I don't see that anyone died because Kerry's wife sent some of her personal money to leftist organizations. Where are our priorities?"

Bush has made more progress in Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf Region than any one in the past couple of decades. He has also done more to defeat terrorism worldwide than any administration in history. People are alive today because of the decisions Bush has made.

"I don't see that anyone died because Kerry's wife sent some of her personal money to leftist organizations."

What do you think the Tides funds sent to Slobodan Milosevic and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Il were used for?
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A lot of this kind of junk will come out because Bush supporters are starting to shit their pants over the current polls. Maybe if they spent a little less time on Mrs. Kerry and a little more on why the majority of the country finds the President untrustworthy, they wouldn't have to sling mud in order to make him feel better.
Exactly..if only politics actually operated in that fashion

John Kerry takes no $ (as far as I know) for his campaign from his wife's Heinz fortune. They recently took out a second mortgage on their Boston home for campaign funding, and I assume they own that jointly. She's an independent woman who is free to support whatever causes she chooses to. I don't see what actual relevance that has to him or his views.
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